Europe

SEAT Readies Electric City Car

June 10, 2019 at 1:58 PM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit will begin production of its first electric vehicle, a variant of its Mii city car, this autumn.

U.K. Economy Shrinks as Auto Production Slumps

June 10, 2019 at 12:03 PM

A sharp drop in vehicle production in March caused the British economy to shrink 0.4% between March and April, according to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.

Nissan May Back FCA-Renault Merger After Equity Sale

June 10, 2019 at 11:28 AM

Nissan would support a proposed merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles if Renault sharply reduces its 43% ownership in the Japanese carmaker, according to Reuters.

FCA Partners with Aurora on Self-Driving Commercial Vehicles

June 10, 2019 at 1:57 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has partnered with California startup Aurora Innovation Inc. to create and market self-driving commercial vehicles.

Renault to Block Nissan Governance Reforms

June 10, 2019 at 12:58 AM

Renault SA says it will block planned management reforms at alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. unless it can retain its clout with the Japanese carmaker, the Financial Times reports.

Rostec to Sell Stake in AvtoVAZ to Renault

June 07, 2019 at 1:53 PM

State-controlled Russian conglomerate Rostec says it will reduce its stake in carmaker OAO AvtoVAZ to 25% by selling 10 billion rubles ($154 million) worth of its holding to Renault SA.

Hella Doubles up on Mild-Hybrid Tech

June 07, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Germany's Hella GmbH aims to launch two new 48-volt mild-hybrid systems by 2023 to help carmakers meet more stringent tailpipe emission regulations.

Ford Seeks Buyers for Idled Plants in Russia

June 07, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Ford Motor Co., which is closing three factories in Russia, says it is ready to sell two of the shuttered facilities.

Audi Mulls A6 Allroad Wagon Return to U.S.

June 07, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Audi AG may bring the Allroad wagon variant of the A6 midsize sedan back to the U.S. after a 15-year hiatus, Car and Driver reports.

Car Sales in U.K. Dropped 5% in May

June 06, 2019 at 6:32 PM

New-car registrations in the U.K. continued to slide in May, falling 5% to 183,700 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reports.

May Sales Up in Germany, Down in Italy

June 06, 2019 at 11:11 AM

New-car registrations in Germany climbed 9% to 333,000 units in May, but sales in Italy dipped 1% to 197,300 units.

Ford Confirms Engine Plant Closure in U.K.

June 06, 2019 at 10:09 AM

Ford Motor Co. has confirmed media reports that it will shut down its British engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales.